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The kitchen pantry: Often overlooked, always messy. But what if you had a space, all your own, dedicated to not just food items, but serving dishes as well? Enter the Butler’s Pantry. A butler’s pantry is a small room/large closet that was originally designed to store serving dishes, glassware, and silver. Think about your own home now? Is all of that spread out in kitchen cabinets, china cabinets, and dining room sideboards? Starting with the ranch home trend in the 1950s the butler’s pantry becomes absent in home design and continues well into the 90s. People just weren’t entertaining like they used to at the beginning of the 1900s, and extra space wasn’t needed. Now that momentum is changing.
Kitchen design is getting larger with every new house built, and where possible, the butler’s pantry is back. This nook of a kitchen is a lifesaver for anyone who entertains. We started to see the butler’s pantry come back in the early 2000s as a small built-in cabinet space between the kitchen and dining room primarily dedicated to barware, wine and spirits. Now, builders are going to back to the original design and creating beautiful rooms with floor to ceiling cabinets, counterspace, and in some cases another small sink area to house food, drinks, china, glassware, and serving dishes.
Our home was built in 1992 and original kitchen design included a small office the size of a large closet, presumably for the wife, and a pantry with fan doors between the kitchen and dining room. The second family to own our home converted the office to a large walk in pantry and the original pantry to a barn nook. What they didn’t do was add built in cabinets and countertops to create a proper butler’s pantry so that is on our long list of home improvements to do. I’ve been saving images for the last few years and a few details keep coming into focus- butcher block counters, glass pained cabinet doors, and brass latch hardware. Here are a few of my favorites below!